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“Hunches” by Friends of Italian Opera

My band, Friends of Italian Opera, just released their first single, “Hunches”, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) at Soma Studios in Chicago.

You can listen to the song here.

Our first studio album is coming this summer.

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“Resist the Tide” by Cynthia Hopkins

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Resist the Tide
Cynthia Hopkins
The Truth: A Tragedy (2010)

Thomas Jefferson on Travel

Travel makes men wiser, but less happy. When men of sober age travel, they gather knowledge, which they may apply usefully for their country; but they are subject ever after to recollections mixed with regret; their affections are weakened by being extended over more objects; and they learn new habits which cannot be gratified when they return home.

Young men, who travel, are exposed to all these inconveniences in a higher degree, to others still more serious, and do not acquire that wisdom for which a previous foundation is requisite, by repeated and just observations at home. The glare of pomp and pleasure is analogous to the motion of the blood; it absorbs all their affection and attention, they are torn from it as from the only good in this world, and return to their home as to a place of exile and condemnation.

Their eyes are forever turned back to the object they have lost, and its recollection poisons the residue of their lives

- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, 1787

“You’re a Big Girl Now” by Bob Dylan

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You're a Big Girl Now
Bob Dylan
Blood On the Tracks (1974)

“I Break Horses” by Smog

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I Break Horses
Smog
Accumulation: None (2002)

For Your Precious Love

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For Your Precious Love
Otis Redding
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965)

4:1

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As my good English pal Andrew will attest, don’t ever place World Cup bets against me.

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“Rill Rill” by Sleigh Bells

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Rill Rill
Sleigh Bells
Treats (2010)

“Smile” by K’naan

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Smile
K'naan
The Dusty Foot Philosopher (2006)

“Johnny Mathis’ Feet” by American Music Club

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Johnny Mathis' Feet
American Music Club
Mercury